Late 18th century day dress. (via Nordiska museet.)
(via arseniccupcakes)Source: moika-palace
When I was planning my gown for the Regency Society of Tennessee’s tea I found a photo from the Greene Collection at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. I fell in love and had to make it happen!
The museum website describes the gown as a ” … dress, from the same time period (1815-1820) is also entirely hand stitched icy green plain weave silk. It has a very high waist and very long tubular sleeves which would have been worn slightly ruched on the arm. The skirt is in 3 panels and slightly gathered in front and pleated in the back.
It has a Vandyked neckline of little triangular tabs in the sleeve, forming a gorgeous cap effect which is accented with little white ribbon bows.
The stitching on this dress as well as the fact that it is made of silk indicates that this would have been considered a “good” dress and would have been worn for special occasions.”
The gown was made from a beautiful mint cotton swiss that I purchased from The Lace Cottage where I take my heirloom sewing lessons and the little bows on the puffs are made of silk. The triangles that line the neckline are individually folded vandyke points and were the most challenging part of the costume. I would also like to say thank you to Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum for graciously allowing me to take photos on their historic site.
Recently I asked a question on whether or not antiques should be worn which sparked a wonderful debate on the value we place on historic items. The popular opinion was that antiques were meant to be cherished. A month ago I was examining a heap of dirty fabric when I caught site of an embroidered scallop. Recognizing the piece for what it was I bought the pile with the hopes that I might be able to rejuvenate it.
From that dusty pile I was not only able to restore the fabric to it’s original condition but, I was able to give the piece a new life. The gown is entirely hand stitched and I made sure that my best stitches went into attaching the antique net to the side panels of modern net.
The ball gown was worn to the Regency Society of Tennessee’s 2nd annual ball. The antique net is courtesy of a dodgy vendor at the local market and the swiss batiste was purchased from The Lace Cottage. I’m very thankful to the Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum for allowing me to take photos on their stunning ground and to my brillaint Mother for styling my hair!